Definition of non-essential in English:

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Not absolutely necessary (tending to be less forceful in meaning than inessential): during the strike non-essential hospital services were halted
More example sentences
  • The doctors attended a rally outside the hospital to vote for bans on non-essential paperwork.
  • Under reforms to the pharmaceutical industry's code of conduct, all non-essential hospitality will be axed.
  • The city's officials have failed to see that ‘easy’ jobs are not necessarily non-essential jobs.


(usually non-essentials)
A non-essential thing: we have little or no time to spare for non-essentials
More example sentences
  • Sir Clive Woodward was quite correct to attribute his World Cup triumph to critical non-essentials, to the search for small refinements and extra training sessions.
  • The budget shows a preferential bias for the non-essentials.
  • But, as a society, we also spend enormous amounts on non-essentials: the National Institute of Sport springs to mind, or orchestras or operatic troupes or art galleries and museums.

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